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Watch Sir Simon Rattle rehearse Haydn’s Creation

Sun 4 May 2014

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Get a sneak preview of our forthcoming performances of Haydn’s Creation with this new video from a rehearsal this week.

Hear it live at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, tonight, 4 May details

Hear it live at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Tuesday, 6 May details

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Simon says….please donate!

Mon 14 Apr 2014

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In a few weeks time we will be reunited with Principal Artist Sir Simon Rattle for one of the highlights of our current season – Haydn’s Creation at the Royal Festival Hall, a concert that promises to be another landmark moment in Sir Simon’s relationship with the OAE, which dates back to 1987, the year after the Orchestra was founded.

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2013 Staff Highlights

Fri 31 Jan 2014

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With the first month of 2014 nearly behind us, we look back at some of our concert highlights from 2013…

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Pre-concert talk: Julian Rushton – 29 January 2013

Tue 11 Jun 2013

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Professor Julian Rushton takes a detailed look at Mozart’s last three symphonies, in a pre-concert talk given before the concert ‘By Jupiter, that’s the last of Mozart!’ on 29 January 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

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New season brochure 2013-2014

Fri 17 May 2013

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The time has come to unveil our new season brochure.This year we went for a purely visual approach, developed with our designers Harrison and Co and photographer Eric Richmond, which has a slight retro feel, using geometric shapes combined with a simple two tone palette.

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2013-2014 London concerts: now on sale

Fri 8 Feb 2013

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Our 2013-2014 Southbank Centre season is now on public sale.

It all starts off on 30 September when baroque legend William Christie returns to us to conduct a programme of orchestral overtures and arias by Rameau as well as music from England’s favourite adopted composer, George Frideric Handel. This opening concert not only starts our season but also our eight-event series Gamechangers, featuring works and composers that were pivotal in shaping musical history and performers who are gamechangers in the musical scene today.             

The season continues through until June 2014 with artists appearing including Semyon Bychkov, Principal Artist Sir Mark Elder, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Robert Levin and Sir Simon Rattle.

Also during the year, our The Works series continues as well as OAE TOTS concerts  for music-lovers aged 6 and under.  And, new for 2013, we have a Family Concert celebrating Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Our late-night popular series, The Night Shift will also continue, with performances being announced later.

Details of all performances are now online on our site, or you can alternatively browse the online concert diary below.

Concerts can be booked through Southbank Centre online or on 0844 847 9922.

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By Jupiter, that’s the last of Mozart: reviews and reaction

Tue 5 Feb 2013

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We finally finished our European tour with Sir Simon Rattle with a flourish at the Royal Festival Hall last Tuesday.
Here’s what the press had to say, as well as what you thought of the night.

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Sir Simon Rattle and the OAE

Mon 28 Jan 2013

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Music journalist Andrew Mellor wrote a lovely article a while back about our relationship with Sir Simon Rattle, so we thought it was the perfect time to share it with you, just before we perform with the maestro himself tomorrow night at the Royal Festival Hall…

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle. Tour video diary – No.3

Wed 19 Sep 2012

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Sadly, it’s time for the third and concluding part of our Rattle Tour 2012 video diary.

Here, we feature interviews with Katherine Spencer (Bass Clarinet), Anthony Robson (Oboe) and Claire Holden (Violin) and rehearsal footage of Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Sir Simon Rattle and of course, our lovely Orchestra.

And…some tutus. Enjoy!

(Kindly filmed by our Projects Manager Megan and Graduate Intern Sophie.)

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre-Laurent Aimard – pictures

Fri 24 Aug 2012

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Our French Impressionists tour back in June, where we played the music of Debussy, Ravel and Fauré, was a fantastic way to end our season, and culminated in a packed concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Here are a few pictures from the concert.

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle. Tour video diary – No.2

Thu 23 Aug 2012

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For the second instalment of our tour diary we’re in Rotterdam. Or is it Amsterdam?

Whatever – this second part includes an interview with piano specialist and tuner  Brian MaCartney, who tells us all about the 1920′s Erard piano that was used in this tour.

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle. Tour video diary – No.1

Fri 17 Aug 2012

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Back in June we were on tour with Principal Artist Sir Simon Rattle, visiting Paris, Rotterdam, Brussels, Cologne and Hamburg with a programme of Fauré, Ravel and Debussy.

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The Rattle tour: Chi-chi’s photo diary

Fri 13 Jul 2012

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We thought we’d share with you these pictures from our Principal Double Bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku – a kind of photo-diary of our tour with Sir Simon Rattle last month, when we visited Paris, Rotterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Hamburg and of course, London.

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The Tea Challenge (aka cake-related post #3567)

Fri 22 Jun 2012

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On our recent tour with Sir Simon Rattle, three brave members of the OAE set themselves a tough challenge. They would aim to have tea and cake in every city of the tour. Here’s how Tanya (harp), Jane (flute) and Rebecca (bassoon) got on…

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Rattle Reviewed

Wed 13 Jun 2012

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Here’s a round up of reviews from Sunday’s French Impressionists concerts with Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre-Laurent Aimard:

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle: Audience Reaction

Tue 12 Jun 2012

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We caught up with audience members after Sunday’s concert with Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre-Laurent Aimard to ask them what they thought  - here’s what they said. More photos and video from the Rattle tour coming soon.

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Last night’s encores

Mon 11 Jun 2012

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So, for those of you who were at the 7pm concert at the Royal Festival Hall last night, here’s what the encores were:

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On the road with the OAE, Sir Simon Rattle and the Labèque Sisters

Thu 31 May 2012

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As we’re about to hit the road with Sir Simon again we thought it was a good time to post this video from last year’s tour with him, when we visited Luxembourg, Paris, Dublin and of course, London.

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We wouldn’t usually do this kind of thing… (AKA exciting stuff is expensive stuff)

Tue 29 May 2012

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OK. We admit. We wouldn’t usually do this kind of thing. The OAE Blog is for fun stuff, and it’s not about the hard sell. But we hope you’ll indulge us just this once.

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2012-2013 London concerts: now on sale

Tue 14 Feb 2012

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Our 2012-2013 Southbank Centre season is now on public sale. It all starts off on 30 September when Emeritus Conductor Sir Roger Norrington returns to us to conduct a programme of Haydn, Cherubini, Gluck, Berlioz and Bizet that not only starts our season but also our 5-event series celebrating strong female roles in opera, Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers. The season continues through until June 2013 with artists appearing including Sarah Connolly, Sir Simon Rattle, András Schiff, Marin Alsop and William Christie. Also during the year our new The Works series continues and we greatly expand our OAE TOTS series of events for those aged 6 and under, with 6 events thoughout the year. The Night Shift will also continue, with performances being announced later.

Details of all performances are now online on our site, or you can alternatively browse the ‘virtual’ concert diary below.

 

Concerts can be booked through Southbank Centre online or on 0844 847 9922

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